Michael E. Smith

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199232444
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology


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This article reviews the material culture of Aztec ritual and religion under four headings: temples and offerings, key deities, cult objects, and ceremonies. Because there is a massive literature of primary and secondary historical sources on Aztec religion, it concentrates primarily on archaeological materials; apart from the Templo Mayor, these remain poorly known today.

Keywords: material culture; ritual; religion; temples; offerings; deities; cult objects; ceremonies

Article.  6504 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Historical Archaeology

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